I hope this season just fizzles out, says former Bantams favourite Jamie Lawrence

James Hanson has thrived on the extra responsibility since the exit of Nahki Wells, according to Jamie Lawrence

James Hanson has thrived on the extra responsibility since the exit of Nahki Wells, according to Jamie Lawrence

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Jamie Lawrence today predicted a boring end to City’s first campaign back in League One and declared: That would be perfect.

The loss to Stevenage cut their advantage on the bottom four to six points and has rekindled nerves ahead of Saturday’s visit to third-placed Brentford.

But former Valley Parade crowd favourite Lawrence remains confident that City can ensure survival without the need for any late drama.

Lawrence said: “I know Bradford. I just hope they don’t do what normally happens and make it an exciting finish.

“We had enough excitement last year with the two trips to Wembley, Aston Villa, Arsenal and all that.

“Now we just want a nice and quiet end of the season. I’d take that all day long.

“I’m sure we will be all right. There’s enough in that dressing room to finish in mid-table.

“It just needs another couple of wins and that will take the pressure off. The more boring the end of the season, the better.”

Lawrence, now coaching with Conference South side Sutton United, admits it has been a tricky learning curve for his old club on their return to the third tier after a six-year absence.

They have had to adapt without Kyel Reid and Nahki Wells, while January capture Aaron Mclean is still looking to open his City scoring account.

Lawrence added: “Losing Reidy was a massive blow and with Nahki going the number of goals went down.

“I’m pleased (James) Hanson has stepped up to the plate. He doesn’t usually score loads but he’s turned that round and taken the responsibility without Nahki.

“But Mclean is struggling a bit. I’m surprised because I thought he’d be a good signing and would come in and score some goals.

“He just needs one to drop for him; a shot to go in off his backside. The longer it goes on without scoring, the more it will start playing on his mind.”

Lawrence finished his league career in 2005 with a season at Brentford, who are again pushing strongly for promotion after losing last season’s play-off final.

City will be unfancied to get anything from Griffin Park – but he believes that could work in their favour.

He said: “It can suit us because all the expectation will be on Brentford to win. We can go down there, relax and dig in.

“Brentford had that terrific unbeaten run but they are just starting to wobble a bit. That always happens at this time of the season when you get towards the business end.

“I just hope we have a real go. It’s not our natural game to be negative – let’s have a go and play on their nerves a little bit.

“It’s my birthday on Saturday and three points for the Bantams would be the best present.”

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8:27am Wed 5 Mar 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Jamie Lawrence - many wonderful memories of him in the old claret & amber.
Jamie Lawrence - many wonderful memories of him in the old claret & amber. Solomon Grundy
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8:40am Wed 5 Mar 14

minkiebantam says...

Road trip to Brentford Saturday me thinks.If we can get a point down there, i will come home a happy Bantam. "PARKINSON'S , BARMY ARMY!"
CTID!!
Road trip to Brentford Saturday me thinks.If we can get a point down there, i will come home a happy Bantam. "PARKINSON'S , BARMY ARMY!" CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: 16

8:50am Wed 5 Mar 14

realcitygent says...

would be great to have a player like lawrence now ,not the best footballer we,ve had but his commitment could never be questioned ,its great to when he mentions city he says we ,iv bumbed into him a few times at city games always got time for a chat ,top bloke
would be great to have a player like lawrence now ,not the best footballer we,ve had but his commitment could never be questioned ,its great to when he mentions city he says we ,iv bumbed into him a few times at city games always got time for a chat ,top bloke realcitygent
  • Score: 11

9:23am Wed 5 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Shame we don't have Jamie in the dressing room now, one of my all time favourite BCFC players. Another cracking player signed by Chris Kamara!!!

Good luck at Sutton United Jamie, hopefully one day soon you'll be involved with Bradford City Football Club once more!!!!
Shame we don't have Jamie in the dressing room now, one of my all time favourite BCFC players. Another cracking player signed by Chris Kamara!!! Good luck at Sutton United Jamie, hopefully one day soon you'll be involved with Bradford City Football Club once more!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 18

9:45am Wed 5 Mar 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

as above was a very good never say die none stop running player who gave it everything for the team , also as above good look to jamie with sutton united to
as above was a very good never say die none stop running player who gave it everything for the team , also as above good look to jamie with sutton united to SHOESMAKER24
  • Score: 7

10:07am Wed 5 Mar 14

BCFCBoothy1 says...

Jamie is a City fan through and through, he lives close to me in London, but I think is moving up north for good - He's been boxing the last couple of years, and is handy. His boxing outfit is claret and amber and his trainers and cut man wear city shirts.

He is also a machine in the gym!

The guy is a legend!
Jamie is a City fan through and through, he lives close to me in London, but I think is moving up north for good - He's been boxing the last couple of years, and is handy. His boxing outfit is claret and amber and his trainers and cut man wear city shirts. He is also a machine in the gym! The guy is a legend! BCFCBoothy1
  • Score: 16

12:31pm Wed 5 Mar 14

fansince1956 says...

realcitygent wrote:
would be great to have a player like lawrence now ,not the best footballer we,ve had but his commitment could never be questioned ,its great to when he mentions city he says we ,iv bumbed into him a few times at city games always got time for a chat ,top bloke
Agreed - he was standing right behind us at Villa Park last season, now a big City fan!
[quote][p][bold]realcitygent[/bold] wrote: would be great to have a player like lawrence now ,not the best footballer we,ve had but his commitment could never be questioned ,its great to when he mentions city he says we ,iv bumbed into him a few times at city games always got time for a chat ,top bloke[/p][/quote]Agreed - he was standing right behind us at Villa Park last season, now a big City fan! fansince1956
  • Score: 7

12:49pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Bantam mitch says...

Always a city dan he loves the club ,the fans ,get him involved with the youth set up they could learn a lot from him
Always a city dan he loves the club ,the fans ,get him involved with the youth set up they could learn a lot from him Bantam mitch
  • Score: 7

2:27pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Adam1903 says...

Hope we get a good thousand or so at griffin park saturday. And make lots of noise brentford haven't scored in their last 2 so if we come bursting out tue blocks who knows?

Dont get to go to many games as i live on the isle of wight so hoping this will be a good result and a cracking atmosphere created by the city faithful. See you all in the New Inn for a pint before kickoff.
Hope we get a good thousand or so at griffin park saturday. And make lots of noise brentford haven't scored in their last 2 so if we come bursting out tue blocks who knows? Dont get to go to many games as i live on the isle of wight so hoping this will be a good result and a cracking atmosphere created by the city faithful. See you all in the New Inn for a pint before kickoff. Adam1903
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Wed 5 Mar 14

bantam10 says...

Just love this guy. He still uses the word we!
City still very much in his heart.
Great friendly guy and a city legend.
Friendly as well as talk to you on twitter and chatted to him outside Wembley.
Top bloke.
Shame city could not give him some kind of job back at the club.
Just love this guy. He still uses the word we! City still very much in his heart. Great friendly guy and a city legend. Friendly as well as talk to you on twitter and chatted to him outside Wembley. Top bloke. Shame city could not give him some kind of job back at the club. bantam10
  • Score: 8

9:35pm Wed 5 Mar 14

London bcfc says...

fansince1956 wrote:
realcitygent wrote:
would be great to have a player like lawrence now ,not the best footballer we,ve had but his commitment could never be questioned ,its great to when he mentions city he says we ,iv bumbed into him a few times at city games always got time for a chat ,top bloke
Agreed - he was standing right behind us at Villa Park last season, now a big City fan!
Same as, don't get to go to many games. See you in the new inn
[quote][p][bold]fansince1956[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realcitygent[/bold] wrote: would be great to have a player like lawrence now ,not the best footballer we,ve had but his commitment could never be questioned ,its great to when he mentions city he says we ,iv bumbed into him a few times at city games always got time for a chat ,top bloke[/p][/quote]Agreed - he was standing right behind us at Villa Park last season, now a big City fan![/p][/quote]Same as, don't get to go to many games. See you in the new inn London bcfc
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Wed 5 Mar 14

London bcfc says...

Wrong quote, meant to be adam1903
Wrong quote, meant to be adam1903 London bcfc
  • Score: 1

10:41pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Banktop says...

One word "Norwich" whenever i hear his name, im immediately taken back to that match. Clear as the day i can see him run at their shivering back line and bang that goal in. Brilliant player for city and great memories.Good first half by the rest too if i may say.
One word "Norwich" whenever i hear his name, im immediately taken back to that match. Clear as the day i can see him run at their shivering back line and bang that goal in. Brilliant player for city and great memories.Good first half by the rest too if i may say. Banktop
  • Score: 1

11:11pm Wed 5 Mar 14

trevorwilkie says...

Met him at a Sam Smiths pub nr Trafalgar Sq the night before the Swansea game at Wembley last year, great night, we had a little sing song as well.
Met him at a Sam Smiths pub nr Trafalgar Sq the night before the Swansea game at Wembley last year, great night, we had a little sing song as well. trevorwilkie
  • Score: 3

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